The nominated series of the Viewbook Photostory 2012 proved to be as strong as they were diverse. And though it surely is no easy task to pick a winner from such a wide range of photographic narratives, all based around this year's contest theme of Small Stories, the jury luckily did manage to. The winning series of the Photostory 2012 is 'Suspension' by Alvaro Deprit.
‘Suspension’ portrays young immigrants in Italy finding temporary refuge in the so-called ‘Case Famiglie’ (‘Family Homes’). Often times that have travelled thousands of kilometres, fleeing war, poverty and uncertainty. Having now found a ‘home’, they find themselves in a relatively tranquil place. However, it’s a temporary tranquility. In Deprit's words: ‘they live suspended between two worlds; they are on hold, waiting for what will come. […] Once they reach adulthood, they will again find themselves facing the external world outside the home, often without any sort of purpose.’
Alvaro Deprit was born in Spain in 1977. He studied German Philology in Germany and Sociology in Italy. Currently he lives in Rome and Istanbul. His interests include the modernisation of Turkey and immigration in Europe, which he explores in various forms, including photography.
The jury praises the series for its way of conveying the state of mind of the youth portrayed: ‘the Casa Famiglie is a place of limbo and transition. Not knowing their fate, the young people who live there only have their imagination to draw a picture of their future. This state of mind is beautifully visualised in Deprit’s photographs of daily life.’ His series also won the British Journal of Photography's IPA this year.
For winning the Viewbook Photostory 2012 prize, Alvaro Deprit receives a personalized award in the form of a book publication and a travelling exhibition kit. The book and exhibition kit will be designed by renowned designers and will provide a different perspective and a new way to interact with the work.
The Photostory contest is a non-profit initiative by the founders of Viewbook. It was inspired by direct engagement with photographers, and the desire to present engaging photographic work through different media.
See the series on the Viewbook Photostory site.